Three of the roadside markets have already been closed on the directive of the task force after they failed to implement the Standard Operating Procedures aimed at combating the spread of the virus. The affected markets are Balikyejusa, Balikyewunya and Wobulenzi roadside market.
Peter Musinguzi, the interim Bunyangabu District LC V chairperson, says that they are surprised that the funds have been withheld. He says the sub counties concluded the bidding and tender awarding process.
Jomo Mugabe, the Nyakayojo division LC111 chairperson says although they are aware of the mess at Ruti Kikona Matooke market, they are hesitant to relocate them for fear of losing shs.16 million in monthly collections from over 2000 traders operating there
Three months ago, the district banned traders from selling their produce on the roadsides because they were causing congestion on the roads and blocking the drainage systems with dirt. This left the farmers with no place to sell their produce.
Banana farmers in Kabarole district have abandoned five new markets constructed last year to enable them sell their produce. The district spent 300 million shillings for the construction of markets located in the sub counties of Bukuku, Karambi, Busoro, Harugongo and in Kitumba, Fort Portal municipality.